Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is shown gardens being exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, on May 24, 2004. - Gardens with plants in hundreds of different shades of green are one of the themes at the 2004 show, as the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) celebrates its bicentenary this year.
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The Queen is set to miss one of her favourite events, The Chelsea Flower Show, for the first time in 16 years this week.

Her Majesty is expected to remain in her Scottish holiday residence of Balmoral this week, instead of heading to Chelsea to marvel at the floral displays.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and Princess Alexandra are all expected to attend, with the monarch unable to make the beloved event.

Queen Elizabeth II looks at a display of roses on the Peter Beale roses display at the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 on May 21, 2018 in London, England. 

The annual celebration, which the Queen greatly enjoys, was moved from its original spring date to become the first ever autumn Chelsea Flower Show.

The Queen is said to have only missed ten Chelsea Flower Shows since her coronation in 1953. The last one Her Majesty missed out on was in 2005, while she visited Canada.

The Queen was last seen at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019, smiling as she attended the event alongside her grandson, Prince William, and Kate Middleton.

The Queen Kate Middleton and Prince William at Chelsea Flower Show 2019

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Of course, this will be the second year in a row the Queen has gone without the Chelsea Flower Show, as it was cancelled entirely in 2020 due to lockdown restrictions still being firmly in place.

Currently, the Queen is enjoying her annual break in Scotland, spending time away from Windsor and London at Balmoral Castle as a chance to unwind and recently had Prime Minister Boris Johnson to stay (opens in new tab).

As for many, the past year or so has been a time of great change for the Queen, who lost her husband, Prince Philip, in April.

The Queen and Philip were married for 73 years (opens in new tab) and this year marks one of her first ever summers spent at Balmoral without the late Duke of Edinburgh since they tied the knot.

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